Trevor Linden told The Province's Ben Kuzma today:
"He’s got all the tools to be a dominant No. 1 defenceman."
"He’d be the first to admit he didn’t have a good year, and part of our job is to recapture the Alex Edler that we all know he can be. He has the skill-set that every team wants and we just have to get him back where he should be."
"There isn’t a team in the league that wouldn’t have its hand up for the opportunity to have an Alex Edler. It’s not in our consideration. We want to work with Alex; we have to get his game back, and I know he’s committed to doing that."
So, that is that. Many were hoping the struggling Edler would be traded after declining performances and then horrific numbers last season (gotta love that League-worst -39).
Personally, I'm not surprised by the decision to keep Edler. I have faith in him. It's that Jason Garrison guy that has me concerned. Now, like me, even Kuzma wonders if the Canucks will try to move him or buy him out (with David Booth still being the other potential buyout candidate, of course.)
Edler talked about not thinking too much and just reacting out there in order to play at his best. I would love to see the Edler of old return. The one that rushed the puck out of his zone regularly with speed, put up 40 points or more, be a PP menace to society and destroy guys! The COMPLETE Edler:
Didn't watching that make you feel good inside? Feel the love.